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Sentence for Murdering Infant Affirmed, and Contract Matter Involving Airplane Purchase

By FindLaw Staff on May 25, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In US v. Deegan, No. 08-2299, the court of appeals affirmed defendant's murder sentence, on the grounds that 1) defendant did not object to the adequacy of the district court's explanation of her sentence or request any elaboration; 2) the district court's discussion of the guidelines was an accurate statement about the general purpose and methodology behind the sentencing guidelines; and 3) a court reasonably could view defendant's offense as "unusually heinous, cruel, and brutal," and deserving of harsh punishment.

Friedman & Friedman, Ltd. v. Tim McCandless, Inc., No. 08-2976, involved an action against a seller of an airplane that allegedly failed to comport with the contract and with the representations by the seller.  The court of appeals reversed judgment for plaintiff, holding that the district court refused to instruct the jury on plaintiff's duty to provide timely notice of the plane's alleged nonconformity with the contract.

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